|Car Hire Ireland
Due to Ireland being an island nation, traveling
to Ireland means arriving by either air or sea. This section intends
to supply you with all the information required so as to make your
journey to Ireland as satisfying as possible.
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For visitors boarding
the flights directly from/through North America either Shannon or
Dublin airports will be your destination. Shannon Airport due to
its nearness to Cork & Kerry is the most perfect destination
as it is only 2 hours away by car.
Dublin Airport is Ireland's biggest airport, serving the North Atlantic
routes, Middle and Far Eastern routes, and European routes. Regular
flights are available between Dublin and both Cork and Kerry Airports.
Cork Airport is just outside Cork City and is the best destination
choice available. Cork Airport can be reached from many European
destinations as well as from all over the world if you change flights
at either London or Dublin.
Kerry Airport is best for those who want short check-in/arrival
times. Kerry Airport can be reached by flights from the U.K., or
|Traveling by sea,
is ideal for those who wish to use their own car, there is a choice
of 3 ports of arrival. The closest port of arrival is Ringside which
is just outside Cork City. Ringaskiddy serves Swansea in Wales and
Le Havre, Cherbourg, Roscoff and St. Malo in France.
Rosslare port is located in the southeast corner of Ireland and is
suitable for those who prefer a shorter sea journey. From here Fishguard
in Wales is just 90 minutes away by Stena Sea Lynx. Standard Ferries
(Irish Ferries) also serve Fishguard and Pembroke in Wales, and Cherbourg
and Roscoff in France.
Finally Dun Laoghaire is located just outside Dublin links with Holyhead
in North Wales for visitors coming from the Midlands and Northern
arrived in Ireland by air or sea, a relaxed way to travel onward to
Cork or Kerry is by train.
A taxi (cab) from Dublin Airport to Hueston Station will cost you
approx. € 15 (US $16) and from Dun Laoghaire Ferry port to Hueston
station approx. € 20 (US $21). A regular bus service AIRLINK
also runs from the airport which costs approx. € 5 (US $5). There
is no direct bus link from Dun Laoghaire, so you need to take the
DART (Suburban rail service) to Pearse St. Station in Dublin city
centre and then the No. 90 bus to Hueston Station. This costs the
same as the journey from the airport.
Trains leave Hueston station regularly for Cork Kent station all day.
The travel time is approx. 3 hours and costs € 46 (US $50) return.
NOTE: A single ticket costs the same as a return ticket. From Rosslare,
one train leaves daily directly to Cork via Limerick Junction which
costs € 33 (US $35) Time: 3 hours. Otherwise you will have to
go via Dublin - changing from Pearse St. station to Houston Station
(No. 90 bus) - which costs € 43 (US $45) and takes approx. 6
Kent station in Cork is less than 5 minutes walk from the city centre.
It is also possible to change trains at Mallow to get to Millstreet,
Killarney, and Tralee.
By Bus & Coach
|Traveling by bus (Bus
Eireann) is one of the cheapest ways to get around Ireland. The cheapest
way to travel by bus is to get a RAMBLER TICKET available from most
bus stations. These give unlimited travel on all Scheduled services
- excluding Day Tours. They cost as follows:
3 days (out of 8 consecutive days) € 36 (US $38)
8 days out of 15 consecutive days) € 86 (US $90)
15 days out of 30 consecutive days) € 125 (US $130)
are traveling in group of 10 people or more, then you can even hire
a coach for your stay in Ireland and you will love the idea of being
chauffeured day and night to you chosen destinations in safety and
with no worries about who drinks and who does the driving!
|If you are an explorer
and want to travel independently, car is the best choice; whether
you bring your own or hire one. The roads in Ireland are uncluttered
and you can enjoy close roadside views and the exotic landscapes.
NOTE: A gallon here is larger than a US gallon. Petrol costs approx.
€ 0.84 (US 87 cents) per liter € 3.85 (US $4) per gallon.
All service stations supply fuel in liters. Diesel is slightly cheaper.
Association (AA) Ireland
23 Suffolk Street
Tel: + 353 1 617 9999
Fax: + 353 1 617 9900
Dublin City Council Traffic Disruption Information
Website: Traffic Flow Information
Ambulance, Police, Fire, Mountain Rescue, and Coast Guard
Tel: 999 or 112 (both free calls)
Bridewell Police Station
Tel: +353 1 666 8200
Fitzgibbon Street Police Station
Tel: +353 1 666 8400
Mountjoy Police Station
Tel: +353 1 666 8600
Store Street Police Station
Tel: +353 1 666 8000
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